The Order of the Administration of the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.

The Order of the Administration of the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.
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[N.p.: n.d., English c. 1920?] 8vo, (54)pp. Full-page illuminated title-page, two single-line and one three-line illuminated headings, text written in black and red. Custom bound in full crushed blue morocco extra by Zaehnsdorf. In essentially perfect condition. A charming rendition of the text from the Book of Common Prayer by a reasonably skilled amateur calligrapher. The prayers at the end are signed HFCC and dedicated to HAC and BCC (possibly his mother and his sister): given the presence of the heraldic bookplate of Harry Frederick Comfort Crookshank (1893-1961) it is likely the manuscript was owned by him and even possibly created by him. DNB has an article about his extraordinary military and political careers which resulted in a peerage and the award of CH. DNB unkindly adds: “The whiff of scandal was brought to his door in 1958 when his lover was adopted, then ejected, as prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Grimsby at a time when Conservative anxieties about homosexuality in the party were particularly acute. Crookshank died at his London home on 17 October 1961. As he had since 1960 been high steward of Westminster, his funeral took place in Westminster Abbey; he was buried in Lincoln Cathedral, where a simple plaque is his memorial.” (Item Id: 110628)

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